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What is an Illinois Standard Lease Agreement

An IL lease agreement is a legally binding contract between a landlord and a tenant. This is written to conform to state laws where the property is located. In Illinois these allow both parties to comply with a series of set terms for a specified number of months or years.

Rental contracts and lease agreements have a lot of similarities as they both set out payment plans and the terms of use for a house or apartment. However, the big difference is the duration that they cover. Rental agreements usually only cover short-term tenancies of a few months at a time or month-to-month contracts.

A lease agreement should contain the following details:

  • How long the tenant may legally reside in the property
  • How much rent should be paid
  • Information about the security deposits necessary
  • When rental installments are due
  • Any additional costs that must be serviced by the tenant
  • The rules regarding the proper use of the property
  • Situations that constitute a lease violation eviction procedures

Types of Illinois Lease Agreements

There are many types of Illinois lease agreement forms that can be used to manage and legally bind many different types of rental situations. They allow landlords to rent out various types of property they might have and for tenants to find the best kind of tenancy for their needs.

The most common types of lease agreements in Illinois include:

  • Standard residential lease agreements: Under an Illinois standard lease agreement both the landlord and tenant commit to a fixed set of terms that last for a series of months or years.
  • Rent agreements with option to purchase: Illinois lease agreements with rent-to-own options are designed for tenants that wish to buy the property they are renting. This requires them to pay a sum of money each month, in addition to rent, to cover the costs of the principal.
  • Month-to-month rental agreements: Month-to-month lease agreements will often have similar basic terms to standard Illinois residential lease contracts. However, they differ as they can be renewed or ended on a month-by-month basis. Their terms may also be flexibly altered each month.
  • Commercial lease agreements: Commercial leases are provided by landlords of retail property to tenants that intend to use the real estate to run a business.
  • Room rental agreements: In rental properties with shared living areas a room rental agreement can be used to rent a singular bedroom.
  • Condo or mixed unit agreements: This kind of agreement can be used by landlords of properties with multiple rental units such as condominiums, duplexes, mobile homes, and cooperatives.
  • Sublease Agreement: An Illinois sublease agreement allows tenants to reassign or ‘sublease’ the property to another individual. This requires the property landlord’s permission and must be specifically allowed in the original lease.

Disclosures for Illinois Lease Agreements

Illinois lease agreements must contain a few disclosures and addendums when they are completed and signed. This is to properly inform the tenant of any health risks or potential issues with the property or details about how the property is managed that they must be aware of.

These essential addendums include the following:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors: Illinois landlords must provide carbon monoxide detectors and must give information on them in the lease. The detectors must be placed within 15 feet of where the tenant will sleep (ILCS 094-0741).
  • Concession granted: Any concessions made on the amount of rent must be clearly stated in the lease agreement (765 ILCS 730/). This must be marked on the page by a header of at least half an inch in height, with the words “Concession Granted” used. Not including this detail when a concession has been provided is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Illinois.
  • Lead paint disclosure: If the rental unit is in a building constructed before 1978, the landlord or their agent must disclose whether lead paint can be found on the property and must provide safety information for any located on the premises (410 ILCS 45/).
  • Radon gas disclosure: Illinois properties must include an addendum that advises on the potential presence of high levels of radon gas and its dangers (420 ILCS 46/).
  • Smoke detectors: Landlords must provide smoke detectors on the rental property. However, the tenant will usually be responsible for the maintenance and functionality of them during the lease (425 ILCS 60/).
  • Shared meter: If the tenant has to pay part of shared utility costs the landlord must provide the formula used to calculate their portion of the bills (765 ILCS 735/).

Illinois Lease Agreement Laws

An IL lease agreement must be written and signed within the laws of Illinois state, otherwise, it will be legally contestable and can be declared invalid and block either party from recourse if a violation is committed.

These will police how you start and end the contract and control what procedures you can reasonably ask a tenant to follow.

The most important laws in Illinois to consider when you are renting a property include:

  • Security deposits: Illinois landlords may charge any amount as a deposit if the property is not subject to rent control (765 ILCS 710/). This must be returned to the tenant within 30 days of vacating the property. Landlords must also state any deductions within this time frame and release the remaining amount of the security deposit within 45 days of the tenant leaving. Be aware, however, Chicago has its own rules on deposits, which specify that landlords must pay interest on the money taken and it must only be deposited in specific types of accounts at Chase Bank.
  • Landlord’s right to enter: Landlords don’t need to provide any notice before visiting the property (765 ILCS 705/). However, it is best practice to provide at least 24 hours’ notice as a courtesy.

Illinois Residential Lease Agreement Sample

Before beginning the process of creating a residential lease agreement in Illinois it is sensible to review an example document first. Use our IL lease agreement sample below to find out more about the structure and contents of a fully-fledged rental contract.

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Residential Lease Agreement Illinois Sample

FAQs About Illinois Lease Agreement

It is important to carefully prepare an IL lease agreement to suit the needs of the landlord and tenant exactly. To help demystify the process a little simply review our FAQs below to learn more about the specificities of rental contracts in Illinois.

How to Get a Lease Agreement in Illinois?

It is possible to create an Illinois lease agreement completely online. Using our residential lease agreement maker you can tailor your document for your specific needs and take advantage of professional templates and expert tips.

Can a Lease Be Negotiated in Illinois?

Yes, an Illinois residential lease agreement can be negotiated before it is signed. The landlord and tenant will usually discuss the terms before the agreement is put into action. However, once a lease agreement is signed it cannot be altered until it comes to its natural end or is canceled.

Do I Need to Notarize my Illinois Residential Lease Agreement?

It is not necessary to notarize an IL residential lease agreement. However, whilst this might not be a legal requirement in Illinois state, signees are still advised to consider this step to provide further legal enforceability.

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This Lease Agreement (hereinafter, the "Lease Agreement") is dated as of _________ (hereinafter, the "Effective Date") and is entered into by and between _________ (hereinafter, the "Landlord") and the following residents:

(hereinafter, the "Tenant(s)").

The Landlord and the Tenant(s) agree as follows:

A. The Landlord is the owner of certain real property and improvements described as a house, located at _________, _________, Illinois _________ (hereinafter, the "Property").

B. The Landlord rents to the Tenant(s) and the Tenant(s) rents from the Landlord the Property according to the terms and conditions described in this Lease Agreement.

C. Unless otherwise indicated in the Lease Agreement, no other portion of the building (hereinafter, the “Building”) is included in the Lease.

D. Unless otherwise indicated in the Lease Agreement, the Property is for the sole use as a personal residence by the person(s) named above only.

The term of the Lease Agreement begins on _________ (hereinafter, the "Commencement Date"), and shall continue from that date as a month-to-month tenancy.
In accordance with Illinois State Law (735 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/9-207), either party may terminate the tenancy by giving the other party written notice of intention to terminate the tenancy at least 30 days prior to the intended Termination Date.

The Tenant(s) is hereby notified that the Owner or Landlord _________ is the property manager in charge of repairs or maintenance of the Property.

If the Tenant(s) has any complaint regarding any issue about the Property, _________ shall be contacted by one of the following methods:
Address: _________
Telephone: _________
Email: _________

The Tenant(s) shall pay the Landlord monthly rent in the amount of $_________ (hereinafter, the "Rent") for each full month during this lease. The full month's rent is due and payable not later than the 1st day of each month. If that day falls on a legal holiday, the rent is due on the next business day.
Place of Payment:

The Tenant(s) shall remit all rent payment amounts owed to the Landlord under this Lease Agreement to the Landlord and make all amounts payable to the following address:


The Landlord may later change the person and place to which the Tenant(s) must remit the rental amounts due under this Lease Agreement.
Method of Payment:

The Tenant(s) shall pay Rent by selecting any of the following forms of payment (select one or more):

During the Term of this Lease Agreement, the only individuals the Tenant(s) may permit to reside on the Property are the following:


The Tenant(s) may not permit any guest to stay on the Property longer than _________ consecutive days or _________ days in a calendar year. The Tenant(s)'s guests will not be considered original occupants of the Property under any circumstances.

The amount of time the Tenant(s) guests may stay on the Property may never be longer than the time permitted by any owners' association rule or restrictive covenant or _________ consecutive days or _________ days in a calendar year, without Landlord's written permission, whichever is less.

No animal or pet shall be kept, permanently or temporarily, on or about the Property, even temporarily or with a visiting guest. As provided by law, a Service Animal(s) is not considered a pet, and every individual with a disability shall have a right to have a Service Animal(s) on the Property.

Smoking is not allowed in or on any area of the Property, including individual units and common areas, both indoors and outdoors. This policy applies to all owners, tenants, or guests.

If the Tenant(s) contravenes this provision by smoking or allowing guests to smoke in any place on the Property, then such Tenant(s) shall be held liable for any damages caused to the Property. The violation of this provision shall be considered a just cause for the eviction of the Tenant(s) by the Landlord.

This restriction includes the use of e-cigarettes and vaping.

The Landlord will have the responsibility to maintain the Property in good condition at all times and perform all repairs reasonably necessary to meet the implied warranty of habitability of the Property, that is, that the Property is in a safe and livable condition.

All requests for repairs must be in writing and delivered to the Landlord. Only in the event of an emergency related to the condition of the Property that materially affects the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant, the Tenant(s) may call the Landlord.

The Tenant(s) may not repair or cause to be repaired any condition, regardless of the cause, without the Landlord's permission. All decisions regarding repairs, including the completion of any repair, whether to repair or replace the item, and the selection of contractors, will be at the Landlord's sole discretion.

If, in an emergency, it shall become necessary to make any repairs or replacements by the Tenant(s) without prior written consent from the Landlord, at Landlord's expenses, and such repairs or replacements are found to be unsatisfactory and to have caused additional damages, the Tenant(s) shall reimburse Landlord for the cost of making such repairs.

The Tenant(s) shall be solely responsible for and shall pay expenses for all utilities and services used or consumed at the Property.

The Tenant(s) shall not keep or have on the Property any article or item of a dangerous, flammable, or explosive material that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion on the Property or that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible insurance company.

The Landlord and the Landlord's agents shall have the right at all reasonable times, and by all reasonable means during the Term of this Lease Agreement and any renewal thereof, to enter the Property for the following purposes:

a. Survey the Property's condition and take photographs to document the condition.
b. Make repairs or improvements to the Property.
c. Supply agreed services.
d. Show the Property to prospective buyers or tenants.
e. Exercise a contractual or statutory lien.
f. Leave a written notice.
g. Seize nonexempt property if the Tenant(s) is in default.

Except in case of emergency, the Landlord will give the Tenant(s) reasonable notice of intent to enter. For these purposes, forty-eight (48) hour written notice will be deemed reasonable.

The Tenant(s) shall not assign or sublet this Lease Agreement, grant any license to use the Property or any interest in the Property or any part thereof, nor mortgage or pledge this Lease Agreement, without the prior written consent of the Landlord, which will not be unreasonably withheld.

The Landlord may require the Tenant(s) to enter a formal written sublease agreement.

Notice under this Lease Agreement will be given in accordance with the applicable statute. All other notices shall be deemed sufficient if made as follows:

(i) All notices to the Landlord shall be directed by personal delivery or first-class mail to the Landlord at the appropriate address set forth below, until the Tenant(s) is notified, in writing, to the contrary.

(ii) All notices to the Tenant(s) shall be directed by personal delivery or first-class mail to the Tenant(s) at the Leased Property or any forwarding address provided in writing by the Tenant(s) to the Landlord.


_________, _________, Illinois _________
Such addresses may be changed from time to time by any party by providing notice as set forth above.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Landlord and the Tenant(s) have executed this Lease Agreement in the manner prescribed by law as of the Effective Date.

By: ____________________________ Date: ______________

By: ____________________________ Date: ______________
Illinois Lease Agreement
Inspection Checklist
Address: _________, _________, Illinois _________

The Tenant(s) has inspected the Property and states that the Property is in satisfactory condition, free of defects, except as noted below:
Bathrooms   _________ _________________________
Carpeting   _________ _________________________
Ceilings   _________ _________________________
Closets   _________ _________________________
Countertops   _________ _________________________
Dishwasher   _________ _________________________
Disposal   _________ _________________________
Doors   _________ _________________________
Fireplace   _________ _________________________
Lights   _________ _________________________
Locks   _________ _________________________
Refrigerator   _________ _________________________
Screens   _________ _________________________
Stove   _________ _________________________
Walls   _________ _________________________
Windows   _________ _________________________
Window coverings   _________ _________________________
_________ _________ _________________________
_________ _________ _________________________




By: ____________________________ Date: ______________
Acknowledged by Landlord:

By: ____________________________ Date: ______________

Radon Warning Statement

Each tenant in this residence or dwelling unit is notified that the property may present exposure to levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class-A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of death in private homes and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. The lessor of any residence is required to provide each tenant with any information on radon test results of the dwelling unit that present a radon hazard to the tenant.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) strongly recommends that ALL rental properties have a radon test performed and radon hazards mitigated if elevated levels are found in a dwelling unit or a routinely occupied area of a multiple family residence. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a radon contractor.

Dwelling Unit Address: ______________________________________________________

Lessor's Disclosure (initial each of the following that apply)

(a) ______ Lessor has no knowledge of elevated radon concentrations (or records or reports pertaining to elevated radon concentrations) in the dwelling unit.
(b) ______ Radon concentrations (at or above the IEMA recommended Radon Action Level 4.0 pCi/L) are known to be present within the dwelling unit.
(c) ______ Lessor has provided the tenant with copies of all available records and reports, if any, pertaining to radon concentrations within the dwelling unit.

Tenant's Acknowledgment (initial each of the following that apply)

(d) ______ Tenant has received copies of all information listed above.
(e) ______ Tenant has received the pamphlet "Radon Guide for Tenants".

Agent's Acknowledgment (initial) (if applicable)

(g) ______ Agent has informed the seller of the seller's obligations under Illinois law.

Certification of Accuracy

To the best of their knowledge, the following parties have reviewed the information above and certify that the information they have provided is true and accurate. Returning this signed addendum confirms acceptance of the information above. The opposite case will result in the termination of this agreement.


By: ____________________________ Date: ______________


By: ____________________________ Date: ______________

THIS AGREEMENT was made and entered into between _________, "Landlord" and _________, "Tenant(s)". Hereinafter, known collectively as the "Parties".

Tenant(s) is renting from Landlord the Property located at: _________________________________________________________________________


____ This rental unit shares the following utilities with another unit or common area:

____ Electricity
____ Water
____ Gas
____ Sewage
____ Other: _________________________________________

____ This lease uses the following method for calculating utility charges between Tenant(s):

____ Home Square Footage
____ Number of Tenants
____ Even Split Between Tenants
____ Other:___________________________________________________________

____ The Tenant agrees to pay the monthly utility charges to the Landlord, in addition to a monthly service charge of $ _______ as part of each month's rent payment.


To the best of their knowledge, the following parties have reviewed the information above and certify that the information they have provided is true and accurate. Returning this signed addendum confirms acceptance of the information above. The opposite case will result in the termination of this agreement.


By: ____________________________ Date: ______________


By: ____________________________ Date: ______________
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